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Top Gun director Tony Scott dies after jumping from bridge

Top Gun director Tony Scott dies after jumping from bridge
Staff Reporter
20 August 2012

Tony Scott, the British director of high-octane movies including Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop 2 has died after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office is investigating his death as a possible suicide. Witnesses reported seeing a man jump from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbour at around 12.35pm. His body was found by police divers four hours later. A list of contact details was found in his car and a suicide note was found at the director’s office.

The brother of the equally famous director Ridley was born in North Shields and could reasonably claim to be the best action movie director of all time with fast paced and stylish thrillers like Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, True Romance and Man on Fire on his CV alongside the hugely successful Top Gun. Hollywood rumours suggested he was in talks with Tom Cruise to make another Top Gun movie in recent months. He had recently produced brother Ridley’s sci fi blockbuster Prometheus and he’d just wrapped filming on Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale, which is due to be released next year.

Scott was married to Donna Scott and the couple had twin boys, Frank and Max.

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